BATH – “An Evening with Livingston Taylor” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. at The Chocolate Church Arts Center Saturday, Oct. 23.

The singer “has a subtle way of working a crowd and the obvious gift of pleasing one.” according to The Courier-Gazette in Rockland.

Livingston Taylor, brother of James Taylor, has enjoyed his own level of success that many of today’s singer-songwriters would envy. He has cracked the Top 40 twice with “I will be in Love with You” and “First Time Love.”

Taylor was born in Boston in 1950, the fourth of five children. He was raised in Chapel Hill, N.C., and moved back to Boston to finish high school. He got his start in coffeehouses there.

He made his first album in 1970. He has written two children’s books, “Pajamas” and “Can I be Good.” He has toured this country and Japan extensively, averaging more than 100 dates a year.

Taylor began teaching at the Berklee College of Music in the summer of 1989 and became a full professor in 1997. He teaches “Stage Performance Techniques,” which was the starting point for his latest book, “Stage Performances,” released in 2000. He also served as an artist in residence at Harvard University in 2000-01.

The Boston Music Award for “best folk and acoustic artist” has been awarded to Taylor, who also has been recognized for his contribution to American culture at the Celebration of North Carolina artists.

What strikes audiences most is how much fun he appears to be having during a show as he jumps among three instruments, the guitar, piano and banjo, according to the center.

In addition to music, Taylor also loves flying. A certified and capable pilot, he often flies to work in his Cessna 205, affectionately known as Bertha. People also might find ringing a bell at the holidays for the Salvation Army, or working to support the Massachusetts Coalition of Battered Women’s Shelters or homeless shelters around the country. He lends his name to countless charitable organizations to aid in fund-raising.

For more information about the art center, people can visit chocolatechurcharts.org.

Tickets are $20 for members of the arts center, $23 in advance for the general public or $25 at the door. They can be purchased at 442-8455.


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